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The bedroom should be a sleep sanctuary. Everything from the wall color to the accessories should support the purpose of the room—sleep. However, some aspects of modern life like heavy electronic use or stress can make it difficult to get the full seven to eight hours of sleep the average adult needs. While the causes of sleeplessness may vary, you can help relax your mind and body by using natural elements in your bedroom design.
The colors, sounds, and smells of nature can assist in emotional regulation. A trip to the park, walk along the beach, or stroll through the woods can help reduce activity in the part of the brain that contributes to depression. Not to get too technical, but when you’re in nature, the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain where you repetitively think about things, decreases its activity. Repetitive thinking often increases stress and anxiety; so when you interrupt that cycle, you get a boost in your mental health.
How to Use Natural Elements in Your Bedroom Design
You can bring nature into the bedroom in any number of ways, but it’s most important to think about what aspects of nature relax you. Does the desert speak to you or does walking along a mountain stream make you feel at peace? How you incorporate natural elements will depend on your personal preference and style so be ready to think outside the box.
While houseplants haven’t traditionally been used in the bedroom, they’re the obvious choice when it comes to bringing the outdoors inside. They offer color, shape, and variety of silhouettes from which to choose. Plants also have the bonus of improving the air quality in your bedroom. Studies have shown that better air quality can help you feel more rested and improve your performance during the day.
NASA conducted a study to find houseplants that clean biotoxins out of the air. While their list is quite extensive, a few of our favorites include:
- Aloe Vera: Not only does it have healing properties, but it releases oxygen at night. Bonus—it’s low maintenance.
- Snake Plant: Like aloe vera, the snake plant releases oxygen at night.
- Peace Lily: Lilies are always beautiful and add an interesting shape to the room.
- Florist’s Chrysanthemum: If you want color, a chrysanthemum is a good way to go.
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Using the right natural wood pieces can make you feel like you’ve stepped into the forest while still enjoying the comforts of home. Furniture with a natural wood finish allows warmth and depth of wood to permeate your bedroom.
If your style is a bit more rustic, wood rounds are used to make everything from clocks to coat hangers. Reclaimed wood often offers a good medium ground between rustic and sophisticated. You can keep it as simple as a nightstand or artwork made from reclaimed wood if that’s more your style.
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Nature Outside the Box
Thinking outside the box can be a fun way to add elements of nature to your design. A chandelier with arms that look like branches or a dresser with leaves or branch-shaped handles may not be how you’d traditionally think of nature, but they can add elements that work for you.
Another often forgotten option are natural textiles made of cotton, wool, and linen bring textures that synthetic materials often lack. A mattress covered with bedding that feels and looks natural can help your mind and body relax. But you don’t have to stop at the bedding. Curtains, blankets, and pillows covered in natural fabrics can have the same relaxing effect.
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Thank you to Tuck Sleep for great tips to turn our bedrooms into a serene space that encourages a wonderful sleep!